The H&M Modern Essentials Selected by David Beckham collection made a triumphant return in 2016, proving once again that a surefooted approach to timeless style always has the upper hand against the vagaries of transient fashion.
That it was by a clothing label such as H&M made it that much more impressive, co-creating with the British soccer and sport icon a well-appointed collection of timeless modern basics: Solid denim shirts and jackets, simple and light outerwear, light and clean summer flannel suits, as well as cotton jersey basics like Tees and crews in modern, masculine cuts.
For our first editorial with H&M, influential New York fashion blogger, menswear stylist and GQ contributor Denny Balmaceda helped to style three key looks from the collection.
A ‘fashion influencer’ before the term was even invented, Denny has been inspiring thousands of people since he started out in 2007 with his personal Facebook page showcasing his looks and giving style advice. His ethos centers on the notion of style as personal storytelling, as opposed to the ubiquity and anonymous nature of fast, temporary fashion.
Whether it was through using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Lookbook.nu or Instagram, he’s amassed an impressive 90,000+ followers across social. Since 2010, he’s blogged and contributed for GQ, with his personal .com site and blog receiving a total of 20-25,000 views a month.
Peep Balmaceda’s looks, above, before entering our contest to win selections from the H&M Modern Essentials Selected by David Beckham collection.
1. Upload your own personal sense of modern, essential style to Instagram/Snobshots.
2. Tag your pic #snobshots #SelectedByBeckham and #HMxHighsnobiety.
3. The 5 best pics will be chosen from the ones with the most likes from the community. The overall winner will be chosen and announced here on this page.
For more on the collection, here’s the official campaign starring David Beckham, photographed by Mario Sorrenti.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Julius Bastian for stunting it at the Oslo Opera House. A selection of the new collection is heading your way!
Thank you to everyone who entered.